A ‘smart’ remote is one that is programmed by an installer, or a consumer**, when you only want ONE remote to control all of your home entertainment equipment***. A real home theater uses a Surround Sound Receiver to send audio to 5-13 speakers within your room.
You might be use to turning on the system with many remote controls, but a typical powering on process is like this:
- Turn on TV
- Turn on surround receiver
- Turn on cable/sat box
- Make sure TV has booted up (all home entertainment equipment takes time to turn on, like a computer) before sending the command to change your HDMI video input
- Surround receiver has to be booted to send the command to switch from watching Cable, Blu-Ray, Roku, Xbox, etc
- NOW you are ready to watch TV, but why is there no volume? This can happen when the last person left the system on a low volume or because the TV can see the image but your surround receiver is behind a door so you do not know if it turned on.
This can be a frustrating process, especially for guests, your parents or grandparents, and especially for AirBnb or vacation renters that are only there for a few days trying to decipher your ‘How To’ sheet to turn on the system.
If you are a household that has a cable or satellite box, and are using the smart apps built into your TV, you probably don’t need a ‘smart’ remote. Either you are using the TV speakers, or have a sound bar connected to the TV, and therefore only need one remote.
** We highly recommend an installation company, like Technical Visionaries program your remote as Infrared/IR can be very finicky, and there are a lot of tricks to overcome issue’s with equipment behind cabinet doors.
*** Only equipment that came with a remote control can be controlled by a smart remote, and in very rare cases, that equipment cannot be controlled, like tape decks and turntables.